Fantasy NASCAR Driver Rankings for Las Vegas

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The Cup Series has completed its Superspeedway portion of the schedule and now it is time for the “West Coast Swing.” The Cup Series will load up their haulers and travel to the western time-zone this week. We typically get three races out west, but this year we only get two, since the race at Auto Club Speedway has been removed from the schedule. The “West Coast Swing” starts with a trip to Las Vegas for the Pennzoil 400.

Some drivers and crew chiefs say the “real season” starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There will be no more drafting and no more running half-throttle to save fuel. We will finally get to see what each team has for the 2024 season. The Fords and Toyota’s have a new car, so it will be interesting to what kind of speed the Ford Mustang Dark Horse and the Toyota Camry XSE have at Las Vegas.

I used a lot of data for the Driver Rankings this week. I used the Driver Rating and Average Green Flag Speed from the two races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last year, the Driver Rating and Average Green Flag Speed from all of the 1.5-mile tracks in 2023, the Driver Rating and Average Green Flag Speed from all of the races in the Gen-7 car on the 1.5-mile tracks (2022 – 2023) and then I used the Driver Rating and Average Green Flag Speed on the playoff races last year on the 1.5-mile tracks (Kansas, Texas and Las Vegas).

Here are the Driver Rankings for the Pennzoil 400

DRIVER
1. KYLE LARSON
2. CHRISTOPHER BELL
3. WILLIAM BYRON
4. DENNY HAMLIN
5. ROSS CHASTAIN
6. RYAN BLANEY
7. KYLE BUSCH
8. MARTIN TRUEX JR.
9. TYLER REEDICK
10. JOEY LOGANO
11. ALEX BOWMAN
12. BUBBA WALLACE
13. BRAD KESELOWSKI
14. CHRIS BUESCHER
15. CHASE ELLIOTT
16. TY GIBBS
17. DANIEL SUAREZ
18. MICHAEL MCDOWELL
19. ERIK JONES
20. AUSTIN DILLON
21. AUSTIN CINDRIC
22. COREY LAJOIE
23. RICKY STENHOUSE JR.
24. NOAH GRAGSON
25. ZANE SMITH
26. CHASE BRISCOE
27. JOSH BERRY
28. RYAN PREECE
29. JOHN H. NEMECHEK
30. TODD GILLILAND
31. DANIEL HEMRIC
32. JUSTIN HALEY
33. HARRISON BURTON
34. CARSON HOCEVAR
35. DEREK KRAUS
36. J.J. YELEY
37. KAZ GRALA

 

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